DelTech celebrates new Middletown Center

MIDDLETOWN — On Monday, Delaware Tech hosted a ceremony marking the opening this fall of its Middletown Center.

The center offers certificate programs for diesel technology, heavy equipment operation, small-engine repair, and construction safety.
Classes began in the first week of September.

Delaware Tech President Mark Brainard was joined by Gov. John Carney and Middletown Mayor Kenneth Branner Jr., at a ceremony for the new facility.

Delaware Tech officials said it continues to respond to the demands of the local workforce, which is currently in desperate need of trained and certified diesel mechanics, as well as skilled equipment operators.

“This partnership between Middletown and Delaware Tech means we are going to able to meet workforce needs in these areas across the state,” said Gov. Carney. “We need this pipeline of diesel mechanics and trained equipment operators.”

The Town of Middletown offered the college space for the new center in its building at 500 N. Cass Street, which also houses the town’s maintenance and inspections department.

Donations of $250,000 from the Longwood Foundation, $1,280,000 from the Higher Education Economic Development Investment Fund, $322,908 from a Perkins Grant, and $390,000 from the State funded renovations and the purchase of furniture and equipment.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony guests toured the facility and viewed demonstrations of diesel engine training equipment that allows students to solve a variety of maintenance situations.

Simulators located in additional classroom labs allow students to experience operating heavy machinery such as excavators, bulldozers, and snow plows.

There are also simulators that mimic police high speed chases and CDL driving scenarios.
Delaware Department of Labor provided a grant to fund the first diesel technology class of 12 students.

“These important training programs are critical to fulfill the needs of Delaware’s workforce,” DelTech President Brainard said. “We very much appreciate our partnership with Middletown, the state of Delaware, and organizations like the Longwood Foundation that have helped us bring this training to our local residents, and we look forward to putting trained mechanics and heavy equipment operators to work in our state very soon.”

The center is also offering courses for Middletown and Appoquinimink high school students pursuing career pathways in manufacturing and construction. The pathways program will serve approximately 50 high school students and include training for highway construction and manufacturing production.

“The Town of Middletown is proud to be partners with DelTech in this new center that will not only provide learning for invaluable trades like diesel mechanics and heavy equipment operators, but even more exciting will be the Middletown area jobs filled by the future graduates of this program,” Mayor Branner said.

“We couldn’t help but jump on board with this forward-thinking endeavor that will benefit this town as well as the entire state.”
For more information on programs at Middletown center, call 266-3400 or email Center Coordinator Maggie Jones at Maggie.Jones@dtcc.edu.

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